12 Ways to Fix Android Emergency Calls Only and No Service Error Easily

| Updated on: November 11, 2019

One of the most common issues Android users often face is “Emergency calls only” and/or “sim card detected but no service” Which basically inhibits you from calling someone or using any network-based functionalities of an Android device. Technically you will be not able to use the most basic feature of a smartphone that is calling and using the internet.

What’s more frustrating and annoying is that the phone stuck on emergency calls only even after the sim card is replaced. While this error is mostly found on the Samsung Galaxy device, it does not shy away from all the other mobile device out there.

Fortunately, like any other common issue of an Android device, there are couple of simple fixes that you can apply no matter what mobile device you have. Below we have put together a complete guide on why does your phone say emergency calls only with the few solutions you can apply if your phone says no sim card emergency calls only.

My phone says emergency calls only- Here is How to Fix It

1. Toggle the Airplane Mode

Enabling airplane mode turns off the wireless functions of your smartphone. All you need to do is just wipe down the notification bar > Enable airplane > Disable it after 5-6 seconds. Now check if your phone connects to the network or not.

airplane mode

2. Restart the phone

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Sometimes, a simple reboot can fix lot of things. Just power off your phone for a few seconds and then turn it back on. If you have just inserted a new sim card on your phone, It’s normal for a smartphone to not recognize the sim card until there is a reboot. This is probably the easiest way to solve Emergency Calls Only error.

3. Check the position of the SIM card

Your Simcard is something that connects you to your network, so if your Simcard is misplaced, then it might not making a perfect contact with your mobile device, which eventually leads to to the situation where your phone says emergency calls only.


Sometimes when you drop your phone then also you sim card get misplaces. So turn your phone off, remove the SIM tray and make sure the cards are positioned correctly in its slot in the right way. After that restart your phone and check if this fixed the problem or not.

4. Salvage SIM

If your mobile phone still says no SIM card and emergency call only then take the card off the phone again and see if it is in good condition.

Make sure that the connectors are clean and there is no dirt around it. In case if you found something that can affect the card proper functionality then try rubbing the card chip with a soft eraser or a dry cotton cloth.

salvage sim

Additionally, in order to make sure that there is nothing wrong with your SIM card or SIM card slot, insert your SIM card into your friend’s phone and check if it works. And then get a SIM card of your friends or family from the same carrier and insert it on your phone and check if it works. This process will help you figure out if the sim card or the phone is faulty for this situation.

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5. Change the Network Mode to GSM Only

If your phone says emergency call only then changing your network mode to GSM can be a good solution. Even though GSM networks are outdated still 2G signals are much stronger and have much more penetrating power compared to the latest 3G and 4G networks.

Here is how you can change the mobile network to GSM only:

Step 1. Go to Settings of your phone.

Step 2. Find the way to the device’s network settings. (The path to go the network settings can be different for different smartphone Just google it you will get the exact path)

Step 3. Tap on Mobile networks.

Step 4. Tap on Network mode.

Step 5. No matter what mode your device is currently on, Just select GSM only.

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6. Manually Select the Carrier

Manually selecting the carrier can many times help you solve network issues on your smartphone.

Step 1. Go to the Setting of your device.

Step 2. Look for the Network settings and tap on it.

network settings

Step 3. Tap on Mobile networks.

Step 4. Press Network operators.

Step 5. Now your device will automatically start searching for the network, in case if your device not automatically search for the network then click on Search networks.

Step 6. Select the device’s carrier from the list of available networks.

The path to acess mobile network network depend upon manufacturer of your device. For Stock android users –  Settings > Wireless and Networks > Mobile Networks > Network Operators.

For MiUI users – Settings > sim card and mobike network > choose the sim from top > mobile network

7. See if the Fixed Dialing feature is enabled or not

Fixed dialing is a special android feature that allows you to call on some selected numbers which are added in a list. So, it is recommended to check if this feature is enabled on your device or not, as this could be one of the reasons why you are getting emergency call only error.

Go to settings of your phone > Additional settings > Fixed Dialing Numbers, Here you can see if it’s enabled or not. If FDN is enabled then enter your PIN2 code and press OK to disable it. Make sure to reboot your phone after disabling the fixed dialing feature.

fixed dialing numbers

8. Use the Ariza Patch (Requires Root)

The Ariza Patch is an android system patch developed to fix issues with certain Android devices’ modems. Applying the Ariza patch to a phone keeps saying emergency calls only has significant chances of fixing the device.

Step 1: Make sure your phone is rooted.

Step 2: Now you have to Install Busybox on the device.

Step 3: Then download the APK file for the Ariza patch from here.

Step 4: Make sure you have enabled unknown source installation on your phone so that you can easily install Ariza patch on your phone.

Step 5: Once Ariza patch is installed open the app.

Step 6: Tap on V[0,5] patch uygula.

Wait for few minutes till the patch is applied and then reboot your phone and check if you are still getting android emergency calls only error or not.

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9. Confirm IMEI is not blocked

If your phone still stucks on emergency call only then your carrier may have blocked your device for a variety of reasons and if that occurs then Its IMEI may be also blacklisted. To check IMEI status of your smartphone you can visit www.imei.info

Alternatively, you can dial *#06# on your phone and if the IMEI says Null, that means the EFS folder may be corrupted or may have been blocked.

how to change imi without root, change IMEI number

So, in that case you have to reflash the latest firmware and see if it restores the default EFS folder.

10. Factory reset the phone

Even after performing all these potential fixes, your phone still stuck on emergency calls only then Factory reset can be the last option. After completing a factory reset your all the existing data and bugs on your phone will get deleted and your phone will be restored back to factory settings.

Before perfroming factory reset on your phone, Make sure you have taken full backup of your phone’s data. In case, you don’t go to Settings > Backup and Reset and tap on back up my data.

Once you have taken the backup of your phone now follow the steps given below to reset your phone.

Step 1 – Go to settings > System > Advanced > Reset options.

Step 2 – Now select Erase all data

Step 3 – Scroll down to the bottom and click on the Reset phone.

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Step 4 – Enter your phone password.

Step 5 – Select Continue.

Step 6 – Select Erase everything

Step 7 – Wait until the reset is completed and your phone is automatically booted.

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11. Contact your carrier

If the issue still persists on your phone, then try calling your current carrier and explain the whole situation you’ve gone through. They will definitely try their best to tell you the possible fixes or offer a replacement SIM card.

12. Take the phone to a service

If you are sure that this issue is occurring due to any hardware problem on your phone then you can take it to a service center and see if it can be fixed. Sometimes a damaged antenna can be the reason behind the network problem, so you can get that part replaced.

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Guys this was all about what you can do if your phone says emergency calls only. Make sure to share which method works for you in the comment and also if you know something else that works for you when you got emergency calls only error on your phone then share with us in the comment.

About Shivam Choudhary

Shivam Choudhary is the founder of Gadgetsprout.com and many other online ventures. He is blogging since the age of 15. Writing has always been at the center of his life and the passion for technology and gadgets that he developed over the years influenced him to start Gadgetsprout.com

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